What to Do When You’re Not Attending Alibi Events
So, I know you've already committed the bulk of your weekend to attending our Flash Fiction events at O'Niell's, and who can blame you? But let me suggest that you squeeze a few more arts happenings onto your social calendar. Attend these, but don't do it for me (though I'm fairly certain that’s no one's motivation to attend anything). Don't even do it for the artists; do it for Albuquerque. Because if you don't go to cool stuff, then it goes away, and all we're left with are strip mall openings and Val Kilmer sightings.
You Can Take the Artist out of Albuquerque ...
Duke Sweet Duke at The Trillion Space
When photographer Julia Lopez moved from Albuquerque to Seattle, her pictures changed.
"My work got so much darker and drearier," Lopez notes. "Here in Albuquerque, it's sunny, and serotonin levels have definitely affected my work. Seattle is gloomy as hell."
Lopez and fellow artist Nick Etre say Albuquerque has always felt like home. They both moved to Seattle after spending most of their lives in the Duke City. But Albuquerque still courses through their veins. For Lopez, the pull of Burque was so strong that she decided to leave Seattle and stay here for a while longer. Etre is leaving the Pacific Northwest for New York this fall. Etre and Lopez decided to put together an art show with three other former residents of the city who moved to different locations. Whether they now reside in Florida, New York, Spain or El Salvador, each artist’s inspiration is still drawn from Albuquerque. That's the focus of Duke Sweet Duke at The Trillion Space. "The show is about how Albuquerque has shaped the artists' own identities," Etre says. "Albuquerque is constantly apparent in the work that they're creating."
To the Death
Slam poets converge on Southwest Shootout—but only one will survive
The Southwest Shootout poetry slam stretches all the way back to 2004. In the slam poetry world, that’s like going back to Victorian times—or more appropriately, the Wild West.